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"The Tightening" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of Orange Is the New Black. It is the sixty-first episode of the series overall. It premiered on June 9, 2017. It was written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Erin Feeley.

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Red senses trouble, but the others are convinced she's just paranoid. Taystee and Black Cindy enlist an unlikely ally, and two old friends clash.

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  • The episode was leaked on April 28, 2017.
  • This episode has several references to classic horror films, such as:
    • Friday the 13th, when Blanca is alone cleaning the floor and Piscatella appears unexpectedly behind her and the two begin to fight. .
    • Scream, when Black Cindy is walking alone and suspects that she is being chased in the corridors of the prison.
    • When a Stranger Calls, when Leanne and Angie call the phone in one of the prison offices and Black Cindy replies, Angie asks if she checked the children and Cindy quickly realizes that it is a trot and says the children are dead and the black character is close to dying.
    • The Shining, when Black Cindy walks alone down the aisles and sees Maritza and Flaca together in the dark.
    • Psycho, when Piper and Alex are caught in the bathroom by Piscatella while they take a shower. Black Cindy is shaving herself in another bath and does not notice anything, only hears a noise that frightens her.

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Red's Flashbacks
Tit Punch  •  Moscow Mule  •  40 Oz. of Furlough  •  The Tightening
Episode Navigation
Season 1 I Wasn't Ready  •  Tit Punch  •  Lesbian Request Denied  •  Imaginary Enemies  •  The Chickening  •  WAC Pack  •  Blood Donut  •  Moscow Mule  •  Fucksgiving  •  Bora Bora Bora  •  Tall Men with Feelings  •  Fool Me Once  •  Can't Fix Crazy
Season 2 Thirsty Bird  •  Looks Blue, Tastes Red  •  Hugs Can Be Deceiving  •  A Whole Other Hole  •  Low Self Esteem City  •  You Also Have a Pizza  •  Comic Sans  •  Appropriately Sized Pots  •  40 Oz. of Furlough  •  Little Mustachioed Shit  •  Take a Break From Your Values  •  It Was the Change  •  We Have Manners. We're Polite.
Season 3 Mother's Day  •  Bed Bugs and Beyond  •  Empathy Is a Boner Killer  •  Finger in the Dyke  •  Fake It Till You Fake It Some More  •  Ching Chong Chang  •  Tongue-Tied  •  Fear, and Other Smells  •  Where My Dreidel At  •  A Tittin' and a Hairin'  •  We Can Be Heroes  •  Don't Make Me Come Back There  •  Trust No Bitch
Season 4 Work That Body For Me  •  Power Suit  •  (Don't) Say Anything  •  Doctor Psycho  •  We'll Always Have Baltimore  •  Piece of Shit  •  It Sounded Nicer in My Head  •  Friends in Low Places  •  Turn Table Turn  •  Bunny, Skull, Bunny, Skull  •  People Persons  •  The Animals  •  Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again
Season 5 Riot FOMO  •  Fuck, Marry, Frieda  •  Pissters!  •  Litchfield's Got Talent  •  Sing It, White Effie  •  Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally  •  Full Bush, Half Snickers  •  Tied to the Tracks  •  The Tightening  •  The Reverse Midas Touch  •  Breaking the Fiberboard Ceiling  •  Tattoo You  •  Storm-y Weather
Season 6 Episode #6.1   •  Episode #6.2  •  Episode #6.3   •  Episode #6.4   •  Episode #6.5   •  Episode #6.6   •  Episode #6.7   •  Episode #6.8   •  Episode #6.9   •  Episode #6.10   •  Episode #6.11   •  Episode #6.12   •  Episode #6.13
Season 7 Episode #7.1   •  Episode #7.2  •  Episode #7.3   •  Episode #7.4   •  Episode #7.5   •  Episode #7.6   •  Episode #7.7   •  Episode #7.8   •  Episode #7.9   •  Episode #7.10   •  Episode #7.11   •  Episode #7.12   •  Episode #7.13

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